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Accomplice Affair: An Act of Creation

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 12 2008
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Artist: Accomplice Affair (@)
Title: An Act of Creation
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front
There is an old saying that some people live to serve as an example for others of what not to do. For those of you playing along at home that are thinking of sending something to Chain D.L.K. for review, I propose the following. 1. Do not send a burned disk without the artwork, etc., and then tell the reviewer that the artwork is on the website. 2. Don’t ask the reviewer to review an album that you know is already out of print without telling the reviewer when you ask. I found this out in the letter that the artist sent. Needless to say, I came at the album with a bit less sympathy than the more recent Accomplice Affair album that I reviewed previously for Chain D.L.K. It’s actually a shame that this album is out of print because it is a bit more interesting than the new one that is available. Where I found "Jezioro wspomnien" to be adequate synth-based dark ambient that didn’t really do much for me, "An Act of Creation" is far more interesting. Even so, the disc is a mixed bag overall. "Pomiedzy mgla" opens the disc with a nice dark, ominous soundscape - a mood that is continued in "Wewnatrz wspomnien." Other tracks, such as "Niewidzialnosc" were not as interesting; it seemed that the artist simply incorporated a few disparate elements together without really thinking about the overall mood of the track. It lacks a sense of unity. "Zatopione lzy ludzkosci" is a bit chaotic, but I’m not sure if it’s in a good way or a bad way. Overall, it sounds like a first albumone where the artist is still trying to find his voice. This disc weighs in at 46 minutes.

RUMPISTOL: Dynamo

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 10 2008
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Artist: RUMPISTOL
Title: Dynamo
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Three years after the second album titled "Mere rum", Rumpistol is back with a new adventure in sound. Sounding more orchestral and maybe melodic, DYNAMO, merge elements of electronic music (the use of bass lines), glitch (the many little sounds that enrich the rhythmic structure of the tracks), ambient (see the alternation of atmospheres), soundtrack music (see the opening "Transit" and its capability to create a thick atmosphere that fluctuates and carries the listener through a path made of different images/moments), experimentations (the general approach to sound and music is maniacal if you check the intersection of the different elements but the whole effect tends to destabilize the listener), i.d.m./breakbeat/dub(on many tracks the sounds are stopped, cut, mixed and effected). The melody seems to be used as the glue that keeps everything tight and functional and each time you'll listening to the eight tracks you'll discover something new. Try to follow a melody or an instrument and you'll realize that at the end you're focusing your attention on a different thing. The album will be released on October the 20th on CD and double vinyl.

MICHAEL SANTOS: the happy error

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 09 2008
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Artist: MICHAEL SANTOS
Title: the happy error
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru (@)
Rated: *****
If you go down the modern electronic/ambient lane, sooner or later you'll surely meet Baskaru label from France and they're moving slowly but constantly, probably more interested following their personal trajectory than in the saturation of the market with a bunch of new releases. After having put out cds for japanese, italian, french artists this time is the turn of a portuguish one: Michael Santos, his music has no ispano-american root and could be from England, Japan or Germany, the earth is flat after all...fuck Columbus. With a wonder wheel on the cover it's logical to expect some relaxed ambient influenced work and here you have it, somewhere located in between the constellation of modern ambient-tronic music, the range of which is set by Afx ambient early steps on one side and japanese Neina, Minamo, etc..on the other. Thought Baskaru is developing a clear physiognomy, "happy error" is much closer to the sound of labels like Spekk or Plop, don't worry guys, if you blame me for not having mentioned 12k it just has to do with the cut that's a little bit different, but if you fill the rank of fans of Deupree or Sawako you'll probably like it. Santos makes it soft and classy that's why I could have had several listening while my girlfriend was studying and she didn't even complain even once: a real miracle!. Santos' sound is still in search of his own identity but at the same time he follows all of the unwritten rules of electronic music perfectly and with elegance thus he speaks the idiom brilliantly. Eleven tracks for about fifty minutes of bliss well distributed in portions of ecstatic and melancholic melodies, high-frequencies and digital sounds. I'm sure if only Pessoa could have only put this in his hi-fi set while writing he wouldn't be that depressed and would have been enjoying much more the sea in front of Lisboa.

MAN’S LAST GREAT INVENTION : None

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 31 2008
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Artist: MAN’S LAST GREAT INVENTION
Title: None
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
It took me a while to review, but it was worth the wait, infact a good record is still a good record after a while..sometimes that’s not the way it is, you’re right, above all when coming down to genres like electronics which really linked to the sound... but this really far from electronics. Man's Last Great Invention share much more with psychedelia than many other bands using drones and feedbacks, do to the lo-fi nature of this recording and to the really good quality of the music they reminded me a lot of an underrated band from the not so recent K records catalogue, I’m talking about Yume Bitsu (..hey after having wrote their name I’ve discovered I’ve just one of their 4 releases, shame on me). The band was somehow Kranky oriented but more minimal, more punky and if you ask me these characteristics are quite similar to MLGI, in someway the fact they’re on this subsidiary label of Public Eyesore can confirm my opinion, but I repeat: the comparison to such a good band as Yume Bitsu is much than deserved. The package in someway follows the recording and is quite minimal but equally as good and after drone music had become in someway quite popular they’ve gained enough point to go and break your money-pig to give em some money. Differently from other releases on Eh? Label, this one is not "anal" and hyper-cerebral but is much more accessible... maybe it will lead also some inveterate freaks into some new kinds of psychedelia. While the recording is rough but expressive the only possible remark is that concerning the division of this whole session in tracks, ok, they probably did it to help the listener have some rest during this trippy listening, but this’ nothing but a long session and also well done, therefore there’s no need to cut it... if the dear 2008-listener can’t take the time to listen to a long session, well he or she can go fuck himself (freak power!...or "grind finale"! But I’m fed up with people complaining about long records).

OVRO: Revisited

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 25 2008
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Artist: OVRO
Title: Revisited
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
Also active with Haeretici 7o74, Ovro with REVISITED is presenting her fourth album. Divided into seven different moments, REVISITED contains re-worked tracks already presented on the 2006 CDr "Estrainer". The original field recordings were taken during a trip from St. Petersberg to Moscow. On the inner cover of the CD Ovro explains what moment the recording covered and reading simple explanations like "Relocating to Moscow now by train, in Moscow by underground, with echoes of Turku traffic mixed in" and listening to a track that sounds like a trip to hell has a particular effect on me. It's like to be drugged and walking by the city. It's a strange aural experience as each sound float back and forth while you lose the sense of balance. Musically the album sounds dark and experimental mixing drones and field recordings collected in different locations (mostly city places) but in this case I won't talk about it like I would for an entertaining media. You have to experience it more than listen to it also because otherwise you would find that the overall atmosphere is pretty the same.


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